Smart digital transformation of villages in the Alpine Space


Local heroes are everywhere – in every community, region, in every (European) country. Their work has a great impact.

Local heroes are among us: be it the mayor, the owner of a mountain shelter, member of some community association or local yoga teacher. All of them can hold a vital role in our community. Their most important superpower is the ability to influence decisions, improve conditions and affect the quality of life with their daily actions. Thanks to those actions communities can become even smarter.

Do you want to meet our local heroes? Do you wonder what are their passions and dreams? Read our interviews and find some inspiration!

Local Heroes

Interview of Marie, Recycling Center La Piste Recyclable in French Vercors

Marie is a volunteer involved in the association that created and manages the recycling center of La Chapelle en Vercors, a place designed to recycle old objects through resale and prevent waste in the Vercors, and which has become a pillar of social ties and a vector for supporting inhabitants solidarity projects.
Credits ADRETS, Alpine Space Smart Villages project, realization Bruno Allès, license CC-By-SA 4.0

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Interview of Alessio Bianchi: Fairs' digitalization in Val Fontanabuona and Alta Val Trebbia

Alessio is the owner of a little company that is engaged in outfitting trade-fairs but he has always been involved in associations, territorial marketing and also tourism in Trebbia Valley (Liguria Region). With theese associations he has created activities dedicated to territorial promotion but above all to the people who live in this area. On the model of Expo Fontanabuona Tigullio, the oldest fair in the Metropolitan City of Genoa, he created Expo Alta Val Trebbia fair. It is a small showcase event where all the local activities - farms, artisans and traders - are promoted and made known and it was the starting point for a thousand other local promotion projects. Due to Covid-19 pandemic Expo Val Fontanabuona and Expo Val Trebbia have become digital fairs: thanks to the creation of a digital platform, virtual exhibitors had their virtual showrooms and they were also able to sell their products.

Alessio Bianchi video-interview 

Interview of Régine, retiree and driver involved in the On-demande elelctric transportation Vercors-Express

Régine is a retiree, she met the teams of the Collectif Bouge Tranquille du Centre Social La Paz a year ago, which was looking for volunteer drivers for the new Transport on Demand service Vercors Express, an electric minibus that connects the villages of the Vercors for the elderly or isolated people.
Credits  ADRETS, Alpine Space Smart Villages project, realization Bruno Allès, license CC-By-SA 4.0


Interview of Perrine, coordinator of the Digital and creative Hub "La Jolie Colo"

Perrine is part of the founders of La Jolie Colo, a digital and creative Hub, a 1000 sq.meter building located in the Vercors regional Park, a former Youth holidays faculty owned by The City of Grenoble. 3 years after the acquisition and major host multiple activities: a business hotel, a digital hub and coworking spaces, artist residency, and 2 acres of land for organic farming. Through this video, she explains the opportunity to live and inhabit locally, and the perspective of inventing new activity models in moutaneous area that meet social and ecological transition challenges.
Credits ADRETS, Alpine Space Smart Villages project, realization Bruno Allès, license CC-By-SA 4.0

Interview to Janja Viher from Kungota

Janja Viher is a local from Kungota.  She is  engaged with leading and coordinating activities of Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and acts as a vice president of the Styrian tourist association.

Interview of Francis, co-founder of a local reneweable energy company "Centrales Villageoises"

Francis is one of the founders of the Company "Centrales Villageoises", an innovative model of simplified joint-stock company in which 125 Vercors residents are shareholders and more than 25 rooftops equipped in less than 3 years. It aims at local production of shared and renewable energy. Today, Francis is involved in promoting a new services under development: a fleet of "Zoé" electric-cars on rent for residents, tourists and professionals.
Credits  ADRETS, Alpine Space Smart Villages project, realization Bruno Allès, license CC-By-SA 4.0

"Digital in our lives ?"

A video as a testimony, realized with Royans inhabitants in the frame of SmartVillages project by Bruno Allès. It integrates a presentation of "Possibles Place" ("La Place des Possibles"), initiative handled by Les Tracols organization from St-Laurent en Royans.

Credits :
ADRETS, Alpine Space Smart Villages project, realization Bruno Allès, license CC-By-SA 4.0

Interviewed persons :
Anne Rivet - Les Tracols organization, "La Place des Possibles" manager
Jean-Pierre Béraldin - Les Tracols organization, president
Anne, Royans inhabitant
Francis, Royans inhabitant
Claire, Royans inhabitant
Samantha, Royans inhabitant
Romain, Vercors inhabitant

Interview to Andrej Medved

Andrej is  the chairman of management board of Local Action Group (LAG) Istre and he is a real local hero and facilitator in local community.

Interview to Ludvik Nazarij Glavina

Ludvik Nazarij Glavina comes from a long line of winemakers. His estate is expanded above the Istrian village of Šmarje. Santomas Estate is an outcome of his vision for the future and respect for the work of his ancestors.